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The four optional expert-led masterclasses are interactive consultancy sessions, giving you the chance to handle samples and take away printed copies of presentations. The masterclasses are led by world recognized experts. They will ensure you get the most from the conference and leave with answers to your questions.

Masterclasses leaders are globally recognized experts in their field:

Professor Iain McCulloch, Imperial College, UK - Winner of the Printed Electronics Materials Development Award while at Merck for best mobility from organic semiconductor materials.

Associate Professor Vivek Subramanien, University of California,USA - Co-founder of Kovio, a company developing nano silicon printed electronics. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 research publications and patents.

All the IDTechEx Masterclasses will be held in the Bamboo room on the 2nd floor of the Four Seasons Hotel

Masterclass 1: Introduction to Printed Electronics

October 7
Registration 07:45 - 08:30
Masterclass 08:30 - 12:30
Lunch 12:30 - 13:30

Professor Iain McCulloch - Imperial College, UK
Mr Raghu Das, CEO - IDTechEx, USA

Designed for those who are new to this disruptive technology or need to understand the big picture to assess the challenges and opportunities, this Masterclass will arm you with the latest knowledge of the applications and technology developments involving printed electronics. Led by experts, it is the ideal time to voice your questions as part of the interactive session and learn of the technologies that are available and emerging. The session will cover:

  • Applications of printed electronics - now and near future
  • Lessons to be learnt from early successes and failures
    • The value chain
    • Market forecasts
  • The need for printed electronics
    • Key markets that need printed electronics - reasons why and their technology requirements
    • Creating new markets versus competing with conventional electronics in existing ones
  • Assessment of technologies, companies, strategies and progress so far, including
    • Thin film transistor circuits (organic, inorganic semiconductors, thin film silicon)
    • Displays (OLEDs, electrophoretic, electroluminescent, electrochromatic and others)
    • Sensors and conductive inks
  • Batteries and actuators
  • A discussion of manufacturing techniques, their relevancy and challenges
  • Challenges and the roadmap to the full printed electronics toolkit


Masterclass 2: Printing Technologies and Materials

October 7

Registration and Lunch 12:30 - 13:30
Masterclass hours 13:30 - 17:30

Professor Iain McCulloch - Imperial College, UK
Mr Raghu Das, CEO - IDTechEx, USA

The new electronics world of printed electronics can utilize any solution-based material including organic semiconductors, inorganic semiconductors, metallic conductors, nanoparticles, nanotubes and more. This technical masterclass looks at the full range of these different materials, comparing for each one the available chemistries, performance, cost, printability, lifetime and multiple other parameters. The impact of using different print techniques (inkjet, gravure, etc) and substrates (paper, plastic, glass, etc) are also considered.


In addition, we look in detail at the printing technologies, demystifying the how, where, why and what next, bringing the subject alive with many real world examples. We go through inkjet printing, gravure, flexo, litho, DPN, screen and other types assessing their relevance to printed electronics.


Who are the major suppliers of materials by type? What are the biggest material challenges? What are the latest emerging materials capable of achieving? What are the biggest issues with printing electronics? Who is using what and why? It is all covered here by experts in material development and printing technologies. From organic semiconductors to liquid silicon to quantum dots and inkjet printing to lithography- attend this masterclass to understand the full range of materials and printing processes, their strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and much more.

Masterclass 3: Displays & Lighting

October 10
Registration 07:45 - 08:30
Masterclass 08:30 - 12:30
Lunch 12:30 - 13:30

Associate Professor Vivek Subramanian - University of California, USA
Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman - IDTechEx, UK

Displays will be one of the largest market segments in printed/organic electronics. For example, Samsung has invested over $500 million in developing next generation OLED displays. Already 70% of the MP3 flash memory music devices use an OLED display. However, OLEDs are just the tip of the iceberg with electroluminescent, electrophoretic and electrochromic displays with unique benefits being commercially used now. Within ten years we will also see another major development - conventional lighting being replaced with lighting that is laminar and flexible.

This masterclass, led by experts in the field, will guide you through the full range of technologies, market opportunities and challenges, and issues to be resolved. The IP situation will also be covered as will companies in the value chain, along with their positioning and strengths.

Masterclass 4: Thin Film Photovoltaics: Principles, Technologies, Markets

October 10
Registration and Lunch 12:30 - 13:30
Masterclass hours 13:30 - 17:30

Associate Professor Vivek Subramanian - University of California, USA
Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman - IDTechEx, UK

This masterclass is designed to give an overall picture of photovoltaic technologies, from basic principles all the way to current advances. The masterclass is structured as follows:

a. Photovoltaics: Basic principles and operation. Heterojunctions

b. After an overview of underlying principles, further details will be given on specific technologies:

  • Organic and hybrid organic/inorganic photovoltaics

  • Dye-sensitised solar cells, and

  • Thin film technologies (e.g. amorphous silicon, CdTe, CIGS)

  • III-V/ II-VI multijunctions

c. Advances/ Cutting Edge Applications

d. Market Analysis

-Please choose either the Masterclass or Company Tour option. You cannot attend both as they are held at the same time. Places on the tours are strictly limited. Please register early to secure your place. The tours are only available to attendees booking for the 2 day conference.


Previous Masterclass delegates have reported:
"It's great to actually get real information on where RFID is going INDEPENDENTLY without someone trying to sell their particular product"
Jim Chatz, Labelmakers Australia
James Zhang, GE Global Research Center
"A good class for introducing display/lighting technology"
Leo Paper Group
"I liked the review of the fundamental technologies"
The Marketing Store
"Very informative and useful"
Weyerhaeuser Company

Learn about all the technologies, all the applications and all the opportunity at Printed Electronics Asia. IDTechEx is running exclusive VIP Tour to Tokyo, Japan with company visits, a 2 day conference and exhibition and research. Meet, learn from, and network with the leading companies involved in organic, printed inorganic and other thin film electronics in East Asia.

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